HomeShare VT to Host National Training in Burlington

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Homesharing programs are few are far between around the country. Yet every time someone learns about homesharing they say, something like, “I wish we had that where my mother or father lives.” HomeShare Vermont, in conjunction with the National Shared Housing Resource Center, will be sponsoring a training June 13 & 14 in Vermont to share their knowledge and experience to help new homesharing programs get started and succeed. HomeShare Vermont will share its innovative and cost-effective model with people from over 15 states and three Canadian provinces who are trying to establish a new homesharing program.

Last year HomeShare Vermont and the National Shared Housing Resource Center developed a guidebook for starting a new homesharing program. However, many people who purchased the guide wanted more hands-on information, so HomeShare Vermont decided to host this first-ever national training for new homesharing program development. Conference registrations have come in from Vermont and as far away as Minnesota and California. 

As part of this training Andy Goodman will present a 3-hour workshop on Storytelling as Best Practice. Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.

Goodman is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, the San Diego Zoo, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GE, Bank of America, and many others. Goodman has also designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston. 

“We are thrilled to bring Andy Goodman to Vermont and to have this interactive workshop, in a small venue, focused on best practices,” said Kirby Dunn, HomeShare Vermont Executive Director. 

Homesharing is a simple idea where two or more people share a home to their mutual benefit. A person offers a private bedroom and shared common area in exchange for rent, help around the house, or a combination of the two. Every homesharing arrangement is unique; it depends on the needs, time and interests of the people involved. It differs from a typical roommate situation because, at its core, it is about people helping each other. 

HomeShare Vermont
HomeShare Vermont has over 35 years of experience providing comprehensive screening, matching and ongoing support to help people share housing. Homesharing helps bring people together and builds community, whether individuals are trying to age in place or simply need some help to pay the household bills. Homesharing is also a great affordable housing program, using existing housing more efficiently. The average rent in a homesharing match last year was only $287/month, some of the most affordable housing around. 

For more information contact:

Kirby Dunn, Executive Director

HomeShare Vermont

(802) 863-5625 or

Andy Goodman

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:00pm